Bee Quest


First, I have become a beekeeper over the last year and a half. I am still learning something new quite frequently. I will eventually post some of the story on how I got where I am, but my new neighbor wrote the following from his perspective and I think it is important to take in [...]

Customized Twitter Notifications


Recently a question was posed on The Survival Podcast regarding custom notifications from Twitter to aid in filtering out all of the useless tweets. My twitter app (Tweetcaster from One Louder Apps) seems to solve that problem with a few workarounds:

1. You can set up custom user notifications. The customization simply sends a second [...]

Preppers Are Crazy! Oh Wait…

I am ridiculed a bit here and there by friends and even family for some of the cockamamie ideas I come up with. For example:

Storing and rotating 10 gallons or so of potable water, plus more that I don’t rotate/worry about (for flushing, etc.); Buying a few extra cans of tuna, jars of peanut [...]

If I Wanted to Save America

Many people, including me, complain that the leadership of our country is out of control and something needs to be done. As I mentioned recently in my School District Consolidation post over at The Smart Voter, you have to tackle large problems (eating an elephant) one small step at a time. We, as a nation, [...]

Hugelkultur Bed I – Part II

My first hugelkultur bed has been filled with soil and planted. My wife loved it, the kids were excited about it, and now we are seeing the beginnings of what will be a summer full of work to keep up with all of the veggies that are sprouting out now. Below is the play-by-play update.


Rocket Mass Heaters

Rocket mass heaters are the epitome of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). They work on the concept of heat rising. Basically, a fire is built with a column on one side for heat to rise into and a suction hole is left for fresh air to be sucked into via the draft created by the [...]

Hugelkultur Bed I – Part 1


“Used for centuries in Eastern Europe and Germany, hugelkultur (in German hugelkultur translates roughly as “mound culture”) is a gardening and farming technique whereby woody debris (fallen branches and/or logs) are used as a resource.

Often employed in permaculture systems, hugelkultur allows gardeners and farmers to mimic the nutrient cycling found in a natural woodland to [...]

Ham Radio – So easy Grandpa can do it

DANGER Ham Radio

My family is interested in preparedness. We have all had our “tin-hat” moments worrying about some sort of apocalyptic event or another. As Dan Carlin put it in a recent episode of Common Sense, it’s the “chicken little gene”. It is strong in my family. But I have grown in my understanding of how to [...]

Beck talks about preparedness – a step towards normal

Glenn Beck is pretty big into preparedness. As much money as he has, he realizes his situation could still fall apart – if only at a personal level. Here is an excerpt from his show last week – 3/14/2012. He had a panel of guests who represent various aspects of the community. One of [...]

Publicly Scolded… At least I was Anonymous

It is a strange feeling to hear yourself being talked about in a public forum. You know what I mean… you’re in a meeting and the boss talks about an error and you know it’s you but he doesn’t mention you. You can feel your face turning red with embarrassment wondering if everyone else [...]